Dark Knight Footage Shown at Wizard World Chicago!
by Alex Billington
August 12, 2007
Any of you who are fans of Batman Begins or excited for the upcoming The Dark Knight will truly love this. After The Dark Knight was mysteriously absent from the San Diego Comic-Con give or take one minor outdoor skit, it instead made an enormous surprise appearance at one of the other big comic book shows - Wizard World Chicago - just this past weekend. In addition to a Q&A with screenwriters David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, stars Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, and director Christopher Nolan, they screened a short set of exclusive clips. As I said, when you read the description of these clips, you'll be reeling with excitement just as I was, so continue on!
The shirts seen in the photo above were also handed out. Info on those and the photo comes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com. A full transcript of the Q&A with the cast and crew mentioned above can be read over at Wizard World's official website.
The description of the footage shown follows below.
The footage started with a silhouette of a dark figure in front of one of Batman’s armored vehicles before quickly cutting to Bruce Wayne and Alfred delivering the brief lines heard in the Dark Knight teaser trailer.
"Some people just want to watch the world burn," advises Alfred before the camera jumps to Batman in action on the Batpod, the new iteration of his motorcycle.
The action built up as the Joker was seen in full for the first time with a mess of white face, smeared red lipstick and sweaty, straggly green hair. Apparently, the clown prince of crime gets arrested at one point in the film, as the montage presented Jim Gordon (complete in SWAT gear) at the Joker's booking, saying, "no prints, no ID, custom clothes, no tags." The clown smiles with what appears to be blood over his face from the inside of an interrogation room.
Checking back in with Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy has a brief scene with Eckhart’s Harvey Dent where he says "Rachel's told me everything about you."
"I truly hope not," responds Wayne.
The footage sped up at that point into an intense montage of action, featuring the following clips:
- The new batsuit rising up from a trap door in the ground and held in a chain metal case.
- Rachel Dawes (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) close to an unidentified man either kissing him or being threatened by him as the camera rotates around them.
- The Joker and Batman battling in close quarters (possibly a hospital room). Batman throws Joker over a table and crashing into the ground while the clown smiles at him. It should be noted that the Joker was done up in his signature purple suit.
- Plenty of big, bold Batmobile action including a shot where the tank-like car drives through a wall of flame. In fact, flames were pretty much everywhere in the footage as it appears Joker does actually make the world burn.
- There is also a shot of a somewhat grim-faced Joker walking across a city street mercilessly firing a machine gun as well as a television close-up of the Joker laughing hysterically.
- Two major additions to the speculation that Two Face will appear in the film came in the form of a single shot of a spinning 50 cent piece and the final image: after the action montage has slowed down, the camera cuts to a bartender looking at Harvey Dent, whose only onscreen presence is his left shoulder and a bit of a reddish-purple scarred neck. "Dent! I thought you were dead!" the man gasps, to which Harvey replies, "Half."
Description of the footage courtesy of Wizard Entertainment.
This already sounds like, from those clips alone, that this looks better than Iron Man. We were living in the glory of Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr and Iron Man for the past couple weeks since Comic-Con, but that has now changed to The Dark Knight instead!
Now we also have confirmation that Two Face will show up as well as some plot details surrounding the sinister Joker which just sound incredible. I really can't wait until July 18th, 2008!!
A thought occurred to me while reading. It's obvious now that Two Face is going to be in the movie, but is it something that will carry on to a third movie? And if so, will the great Christopher Nolan keep on directing? I'm worried they'll go the route of Spider-Man 3 or X-Men 3 and either switch directors or put out a dud, but no Batman fan wants to see that happen!